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Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Reporting Requirements to the Division of Water Resources

The Permittee shall verbally report to a Division of Water Resources staff member at the appropriate Regional Office, as soon as possible, but in no case more than 24 hours following first knowledge of the occurrence of either of the following:

  • Any SSO and/or spill over 1,000 gallons to the ground; or
  • Any SSO and/or spill, regardless of volume, that reaches surface water

Voice mail messages or faxed information shall not be considered as the initial verbal report. SSOs (and other types of spills) occurring outside normal business hours may also be reported to the Division of Emergency Management at telephone number (800) 858-0368 or (919) 733-3300.

SSO Reporting to the Public (Revisions per S729, NC General Statue 143.215.1C)

Senate Bill 729, effective September 20th, 2014, modifies G.S. 143.215.1C by requiring issuance of a press release within 24 hours (originally 48 hours) after the owner or operator has determined a discharge of 1,000 gallons or more of untreated wastewater to surface waters of the State.    

Please see the Division's "Reporting Requirements" memo for clarification and additional information as well as a Senate Bill 729 for the additional reporting requirements related to Owners and Operators of wastewater treatment and collection systems.  

Division's Reporting Requirements Memo (Updated October 6th, 2014)

Form and Content for Press Release - Required for a dischange of 1,000 gallons or more of untreated wastewater to surface waters of the State (see Memo/General Statute for detailed distribution requirements)

Form and Content for Public Notice - Required for a discharge of 15,000 gallons or more of untreated wastewater to surface waters of the State (see Memo/General Statute for detailed distribution requirements)

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